Two ‘dippers’ preyed on women as they were dancing at a Sheffield nightspot and stole mobile phones.
Asylum seeker Youseff Idhoiaissine, aged 32, and Alnoor Mohammad, 35, targeted females at 2.30am in the West Street Live bar, a court heard.
Judge Peter Kelson told Idhoiaissine: “The state was giving you a lot and supporting you financially and helping you as best as we can and with what the country can afford. In spite of that you committed these offences.”
Sheffield Crown Court was told Mohammad attracted suspicion from door staff as he kept watching women on the dance floor.
He was searched and four mobiles were found on him, including a stolen Samsung Galaxy worth £400 and a £530 iPhone, said prosecutor David Wain.
Idhoiaissine was also behaving suspiciously and three stolen mobiles were recovered from him.
All the victims were reunited with their phones.
“Women were leaving their bags unattended and these two were taking the phones,” said Mr Wain.
Andrew Swaby, for Idhoiaissine, said: “It was out of character but unfortunately he succumbed to temptation that evening.”
The pair admitted the thefts. Idhoiaissine, of Townend Street, Crookes, was jailed for 12 weeks, and Mohammad, of Birmingham, was given 12 weeks suspended for two years, 12-month supervision and a three-month night curfew.
Idhoiaissine had been released halfway thropugh a 15-month jail term and was enjoying sporting activities and attending probation.